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Jewelry Making: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Increase Productivity in the Jewelry Studio...
Increase Productivity in the Jewelry Studio with These 5 Tips
Hunting Down a Sales Rep
This interview with the owner of Over the Moon Jewelry offers suggestions for hunting down a jewelry sales rep.
Paper Clay Star
Paper clay is a fun and unusual jewelry making medium. In this project, I use a cookie cutter to create an ornament. Use this same technique and scale it down to create your own jewelry components.
Silver Lovers Rejoice!
As jewelry makers, we love our sterling silver wire, but boy, do we hate to clean it! Thanks to a few scientists we may not have to.
7 Tips for Spotting Upcoming Trends
7 Tips for Spotting Upcoming Trends
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
How to Make an Eye Pin
Deceptively simple, you can whip up eye pins in no time using a little wire and a few hand tools.
Copper Clay Lace Heart Pendant
Use lace to texture copper clay for this heart-shaped pendant that you can wear on a chain or add to your beaded jewelry designs.
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
Hemp Grows Up
With some colored hemp and cool designs, hemp gets a make over in this macrame jewelry book.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
How to Close a Crimp Bead
About Crimping Pliers. Jewelry Making.
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
Cell Phone Jewelry Dangles
Make dangling pendant for your cell phone in just minutes.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
Start Knotting Between Beads. Jewelry Making.
Beads and Beaded Jewelry Bead Jewelry Lover...
It is all about the beads! Here is a collection of projects and information for the bead lover, focusing on beaded jewelry techniques and bead jewelry projects.
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
If You Post on the Jewelry Making Forum, Be...
Our Jewelry Making Forum is a wonderful place to talk about jewelry making, but before you jump into the conversation, it's a good idea to be familiar with our rules and guidelines.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Start Wrapping Wire on Jig. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
Wubbers, Tools for Jewelry Making
Wubbers is the weird name for a line of tools made specifically for jewelry making.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
Round-Nosed Pliers
Round-nosed pliers are probably one of the most important tools for wire and metal workers. Learn what to look for when purchasing round-nosed pliers and what they are best used for when making jewelry.
Micro Crimping Pliers
For very fine beading work, like the kind you might do with seed beads or pearls, you may need to use very tiny crimp beads. If so, then you'll need special crimping pliers called Micro Crimpers.
Bend-Nosed Pliers
Bent-Nosed Pliers have a lot in common with chain-nosed pliers. They are versatile and used for all kinds of jewelry making techniques.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Use Pinterest to Refine Your Style
Get a handle on your jewelry design style with Pinterest
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
Fast Track Your Handmade Jewelery Business for...
Why Your Handmade Jewelry Business Needs a Business Plan
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
What Are Round-Nose Pliers?
Learn about round-nose pliers, an important tools used for making jewelry.
Wire Coil Head Pin
This versatile wire coil technique is perfect for making simple head pins or finishing off your wire to just jazz up your jewelry a little.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
What’s Your Excuse for Not Starting Your...
What’s Your Excuse for Not Starting Your Handmade Jewelry Business?
Teach Yourself Visually More Jewelry Making by...
Publisher's Site Teach Yourself Visually More Jewelry Making by Chris Franchetti Michaels is published
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
Copper Fabricated Star Ornament
Make Star Template. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Fabricated Bail
Cut Metal Plate. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Inspiration and Ideas for Jewelry Making
Magazines with Online Projects. Jewelry Making.
Creative Ways to Reach New Audiences
Creative Ways to Reach New Audiences for Your Handmade Jewelry Business
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
What Is Paper Clay?
Find out what elements make up the product called paper clay.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
Jewelry Industry Interviews
From jewelry designers to editors and more, learn from the experts in the jewelry business industry.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
Insert Corsage Pin. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
You've made a sale through your web site or on-line store; now what? Here are some tips for using your jewelry packaging as a way to create a brand, encourage a repeat sale, and also safely secure the jewelry you are mailing out.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Make Sandals from Chain and Crystals
Make some fun jewelry for your feet by using some gun metal chain and colorful crystal beads. You may have heard these referred to as bottomless or bare foot sandals.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Instant Glam and Crystal Rocks by Fernando...
Instant Glam and Crystal Rocks are two lines of jewelry components designed by by Fernando Dasilva.
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Using a Ring Jig to Make Jump Rings
Attach Second Vise Grips. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Start Your Handmade Jewelry Business TODAY!
Starting a Handmade Jewelry Business - The Basics
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
Bead Stringing Information & Projects
Learn about the different where to find more information and projects to get started stringing beads. Page 2.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Learn the basics for using bead tips to finish off your beaded jewelry designs.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
Use Your Left Over Beads in These 12 DIY...
12 Jewelry Projects Using Left Over Beads - Use up left over beads to create beautiful jewelry projects.
30 Tips for Finding Creative Inspiration
30 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings. Jewelry Making.
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
How to Launch Your Handmade Jewelry Business
Launching Your Handmade Jewelry Business
10 Tips for Saving Money in Your Jewelry Making...
10 Tips for Saving Money in Your Jewelry Making Business
Onyx and Sterling Hoop Earrings
Nothing beats a big pair of hoops to make you feel special, and with wire and beads you can make them yourself pretty easily. I opted for the neutral tones of natural onyx mixed with a little smoky topaz sparkle, but you could use any combination of beads you like.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
How to Tie a Josephine Knot
This knot is a little more advanced than basic knots such as the square knot. It has a variety of applications such as finishing off the ends of a macrame necklace you can then pull over your head.
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
11 Easy and Clever DIY Jewelry Displays
11 Clever and Easy DIY Jewelry Displays - Easy to make and easy on the wallet. Links to full tutorials included!
Crimping Pictorial
Look at the Crimping Pliers. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Cover Your Crimps!
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Get Started Making Wire Jewelry
If you have always wanted to make jewelry using wire, then this article will tell you what you need as far as tools to get started.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
You will be amazed how simple it is to make your own hook and eye clasp using wire and a few hand tools.
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
Learn two different ways - one the proper way and one the quick way - of using wire to make jump rings.
10 Tips for Working with Chain
Prefabricated chain is a handy component to include in your jewelry creations. Here are some tips to consider when working with chain.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Promoting Your Jewelry Business via Blogs
What is a blog and what does it have to do with jewelry making? Even more important, find out how you can use blog technology to promote yourself and your jewelry business, whether you sell your hand-crafted jewelry, teach classes, or sell supplies such as beads and wire.
Free Jewelry Making E-Courses
Learn how to make jewelry at home with one of these free jewelry making e-courses. Discover new techniques in beading, wire work, fiber, fabrication, metal clay, and more. There is even a course on how to start your own jewelry business.
Jewelry Repair Example
This feature explains some repair tips and describes a repair job I completed once as a way to give you an idea of how to approach offering your own jewelry repair services.
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
The Sparkle Factory:The Design & Craft of...
The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina's Fashion Jewelry and Accessories is full of fun and kitschy jewelry design ideas.
Jewelry Studio Organization Tips
It is amazing how much more productive you can be when you have a well-organized area to make jewelry. Most of us struggle with organizing our work space, so here are some tips to help you get organized and then get to work.
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
Anvil vs. Block for Making Jewelry
Anvils and metal blocks are both pieces of equipment used by jewelry makers, both metalsmiths and wire workers, but when do you use one over the other?
Earring Findings
Learn what an eye pin is and what it is used for in beaded jewelry making. Page 7.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
Glass Acorns and Leaves
Add some fall flare to your jewelry pieces with glass acorn and leaves.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Learn how to use wire to connect components, other wire sections, beads, and much more with this very versatile wire wrapping technique.
Get Started: Macrame Jewelry
A hot fad from the 60s has become popular again today. Learn how you can get started making macrame jewelry.
Software for Serious Jewelry Designers
Jewelry designers need all the help they can get when it comes to getting organized.
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Do the Jig
While there are a lot of good commercial wire jigs on the market these days, you can also make your own with some wood and a few nails.
12 Jewelry Projects Using Left Over Beads
12 Jewelry Projects Using Left Over Beads
Hematite - What Is Hematite?
Hematite is a very popular gemstone, but what exactly is it?
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Turn a piece of silver plate into an awesome cuff bracelet. No soldering required.
Conquer Your Crimps!
Just about any jewelry maker one time or another attempts to use crimp beads, and it can be a challenge. However, with these instructions and tips, anyone can learn this important technique.
Spring Fling Beaded Flower
Inspired by a piece of jewelry worn by Drew Barrymore, I created this flower using Japanese seed beads and colored wire. Make one for Easter or for your mom on Mothers' Day.
Pewter Pearls Ceramic Heart Necklace
Pewter Pearls Ceramic Heart Necklace
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
Nicole Chandelier Earrings
While these don't rival the beautiful jewelry Nicole Kidman is so well known for wearing, they remind me of her, thus the name: Nicole Chandelier Earrings!
Final Advice on Fine Jewelry Designing
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Stringing Mediums for Beads
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 5.
Gifts for Jewelry Designers
Share the wonderful world of jewelry making with friends and family through gifts every jewelry designer can use.
What Is Niobium?
What Is Niobium? Learn about this unique hypoallergenic metal used for jewelry making.
Bead Stringing Findings
Learn how crimp beads are used with bead stringing. Page 3.
Seed Bead Earring Projects
Weave tiny glass seed beads into beautiful earrings.
Tips for Adding Patina to Metal Jewelry
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Wire Work Techniques for Making Wire Jewelry
Master various wire jewelry making techniques and learn to make awesome wire jewelry.
Plan Your Jewelry Business Attack
Learn what a business plan is, how it can help you with your jewelry business, and how to locate helpful resources so you can write your own jewelry making business plan.
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